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Getting rid of 2-stroke exhaust smell?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:16 pm    Post subject:  Getting rid of 2-stroke exhaust smell? Reply with quote

2-Stroke exhaust... I don't mind when my clothes smell like it, but I had to do some cutting with a concrete saw in the basement and the smell has gotten into the wood studs/joists/plywood and drywall.

Any suggestions to get rid of the smell? I've been airing the basement out with a fan in each window, pulling air downstairs through the house and pushing it outside. After four days the smell is still present.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Your best bet is to wipe things down with a cleaner.
2 cycle engines burn oil gas mix.
oil doesn't burn off completely and will leave a oily myst.
oil doesn't evaporate.
if it soaked in it'll be around for a bit
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Your best bet is to wipe things down with a cleaner.
2 cycle engines burn oil gas mix.
oil doesn't burn off completely and will leave a oily myst.
oil doesn't evaporate.
if it soaked in it'll be around for a bit


Yep, it is definitely the oil and not the gasoline. We tried to vent as best as possible, but running the saw for an hour is inevitably going to result in some accumulation of exhaust components.

The only thing I've read online is basically "spray vinegar and water everywhere". One person online recommended putting powdered laundry soap near the furnace/central AC air intake, but that just sounds like a bad idea.

I am willing to try the vinegar idea, but I'm concerned if I mist the drywall with it, when I paint, the paint may not stick properly.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm afraid the only thing that gets rid of it is time. I had a furnace cleaned once and the idiot spilled a gallon of furnace oil. It took about 3 months to get rid of the smell.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just thinking a mild cleaning solution to cut a slight layer of oil.
Haven't had this dilemma myself so not sure what would work best.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject:  oil smell. Reply with quote

I would try a wipe down with Simple Green.
Also found this . . .
Tide powder (not liquid) is derived from oil. Therefore, by spreading the detergent over the affected area and letting it stay overnight it will soak up and turn an beige color depending on the fuel. It will not eliminate completely but will help. They used it at Daytona 500 after the fire!
Spreading coffee grounds was also mentioned.
Good luck. Cool

Check out VaporRemed. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have to assume the smell has soaked into all exposed wood and drywall, so I sprayed 3 litres of vinegar (about 0.8 Gallons) onto everything exposed to the exhaust gases and ran the fans overnight. This morning there is still a slight smell of vinegar (airing out will eliminate that), but the two-stroke exhuast smell seems to have been cut back a fair bit.

I will report again tonight once the vinegar smell has dissipated as to how much 2-stroke exhaust smell is still present.

I should clarify, there was no oil or gas spilled in the basement, just a lot of exhaust fumes from running a saw.

I found the coffee ground and powdered tide suggestions, but the surfaces the smell would be 'stuck to' are all vertical or overhead surfaces, so nowhere to rest such products. I may spread coffee if the vinegar doesn't do the truck, but I don't know what the benefit to that is, other than coffee being a relatively strong smell.

Edit: will look at vaporemed in case the smell does not dissipate with the DIY solutions , thanks for your suggestions all Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Update:

The 2-stroke fumes have been eliminated by the white vinegar I sprayed.

550 square feet of space, spraying the unfinished ceiling, wall framing, and stairwell took about 3 Litres (0.8 Gallons). Had to air the basement out with fans for approximately 36 hours to get rid of the vinegar smell, but there is no exhaust smell remaining. Very Happy

Hopefully this thread turns up in future searches by people looking around the internet for a solution to this problem.

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